INGERSOLL, Jared

1749–1822

Biography

INGERSOLL, Jared, (father of Charles Jared Ingersoll and Joseph Reed Ingersoll), a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in New Haven, Conn., October 24, 1749; received a classical education; was graduated from Yale College in 1766; settled in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1771; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1773; finished his legal education at the Middle Temple, London, England, in 1774, and then went to Paris in 1776; returned to Philadelphia in 1778 and commenced practice; Member of the Continental Congress in 1780; delegate to the convention that framed the Federal Constitution in 1787 and signed it; was the first attorney general of Pennsylvania 1790-1799 and served again from 1811 to 1817; United States district attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania; declined the appointment of judge of the Federal court in 1801; unsuccessful Federalist candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1812; presiding judge of the district court of Philadelphia County until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., October 31, 1822; interment in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Fourth and Pine Streets.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscripts Division

Washington, DC
Papers: Jared Ingersoll papers, 1740-1779, 150 items, 1 container, 1 microfilm reel. Forms part of papers and collection of Peter Force (Series 7E: entry 64).

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Wills, 1790-1822, of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 11 items. Includes will for Jared Ingersoll.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the alphabetical collection of Simon Gratz, 1677-1910, 100 linear feet. Includes letters and portraits of prominent Americans, including Jared Ingersoll.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the collection of Arthur C. Bining, 1787-1957, 1787-1908, 1957, 850 items. Correpsondents include Jared Ingersoll regarding United States Customs House of Philadelphia.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1800-1816, 5 items. The papers are letters of Jared Ingersoll.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the papers of Henry Mason Morfit, 1819-1858, 4,000 items, 13 containers, 5.2 linear feet. Correspondents include Jared Ingersoll.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the papers of the United States Constitution Collection, 1773-1944, 50 items. Includes material by Jared Ingersoll.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: Letter, March 27, 1815, 1 page. Ingersoll writes to Joseph Highee regarding the sale of lands owned by them in western New York.

Pennsylvania State University
Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries

University Park, PA
Papers: Letter to Abraham Whitmore, November 11, 1805, 1 page. Ingersoll writes to Whitmore enclosing an affadavit to be sworn before a magistrate and returned.

Princeton University
Princeton University Manuscripts Division

Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the papers of the Ingersoll family collection, 1797-1954, .2 linear feet. Consists chiefly of letters of Jared Ingersoll to his son Charles while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Gipson, Lawrence H. American Loyalist, Jared Ingersoll. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1971; Ingersoll, Jared. Jared Ingersoll Papers. Edited by Franklin B. Dexter. New Haven, 1918.

------. Jared Ingersoll: A Study of American Loyalism in Relation to British Colonial Government. Russell & Russell Publishers, 1969.

Ingersoll, Jared. Jared Ingersoll Papers. Edited by Franklin B. Dexter. New Haven, 1918.

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